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Joe Exotic’s Lawyer Believes Donald Trump Will Pardon Tiger King Star

by Quentin Blount
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Tiger King’s Joe Exotic and his legal team are confident that they will receive a pardon from President Donald Trump. Exotic is currently serving his first year of a 22-year prison sentence.

However, his legal team is so confident a deal will take place, they even have a stretch limo waiting to pick up the Tiger King star.

Eric Love, the lead lawyer for the convicted Oklahoma zookeeper, said that they have been in contact with officials from Washington D.C. in regards to a pardon for Exotic.

Joe Exotic’s real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage.

Love recently discussed receiving “multiple phone calls” from D.C. on a potential pardon in a TMZ video. Love described the team as being “so confident” about its chances.

“We feel that it is going to happen,” Love said. “We hope, very, very soon.”

He later adds, “The pardon’s gonna happen.”

Exotic’s official Twitter account even sent a tweet expressing gratitude for the legal team’s hard work.

“Thank you to my Team Tiger for their hard work and dedication. Salute.”

Furthermore, Love says that he’s preparing for a potential parting with a Dallas limousine company. They have reserved a stretch Dodge Ram limo on call for Exotic’s ride home from prison, should the pardon go through.

Joe Exotic Serving Up to 22 Years in Custody

Exotic is currently serving his sentence in FMC Forth prison. He is scheduled for release in 2037.

The story of Joe Exotic was in the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. He was sentenced in January in his native state of Oklahoma to 22 years in custody. His crimes were in connection with a 2017 murder-for-hire plot of his business archival Carole Baskin. Not to mention, he has charges of multiple wildlife law violations in the deaths of five tigers and breaching the Endangered Species Act.

Previously in September, the 57-year-old Exotic asked the president for a pardon in a letter. In it, he pleads with President Trump to “be my hero.” He urges the president to “grant me a miracle” by way of a pardon.

Exotic’s letter was sent with a 257-page report to the US Department of Justice requesting a presidential pardon.